My Approach to Helping
I am committed to building meaningful, collaborative therapeutic relationships with clients making the brave choice to reach out for support. Change is inevitable and can be quite difficult. I've learned that although pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. Within the context of therapy, it is possible to draw upon your strengths and values to develop a new relationship with your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I view life as a combination of determinism and free will. There will surely be events in life that are outside of your control, although your response to those events is up to you.
I adopt an integrative, humanistic approach, drawing upon CBT, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based therapies. I place importance on working collaboratively with you to develop a personalized treatment plan, grounded in evidence-based professional practice. My aim is to compassionately work with you to understand your concerns and how they are impacting you. At your pace, we can explore problematic obstacles, while gently introducing more adaptive, flexible ways of engaging with life and moving towards your goals.
I deeply believe in the human capacity for resilience and growth in the face of incredible adversities. I feel privileged to traverse a portion of your life's journey with you. You may discover that it is your own inner sense of knowing, self-love, and willingness to commit to making changes that will ultimately guide the way through the darkness.
More Info About My Practice
Dr. Chang is currently awaiting her notification from the Texas State Board of Examiners to grant her provisional trainee status. We expect this to arrive no later than January 1, 2019. At which point she can begin seeing clients. Feel free to contact her if you would like to be placed on her waiting list.
Dr. Chang offers a free 30-minute consultation to determine if she is a good fit for you. To schedule, please contact her at (737) 444-8368 or visit our website.
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Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
* Borderline Personality
* Coping Skills
* Emotional Disturbance
* Grief and Loss
* Life Transitions
* Marital and Premarital
* Relationship Issues
* Self Esteem
* Sleep or Insomnia
* Substance Abuse
* Testing and Evaluation
* Trauma and PTSD
* Personality Disorders
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Like most people, I have had my own set of hurdles for which I never asked. I haven't always responded well to the inevitable pain of life, which has led me to create a great deal of unnecessary suffering for myself. The more that I continue to learn about mindfulness and acceptance, the more I realize that it's up to me to mindfully respond, as opposed to mindlessly react, to life. No matter what happens, I have the freedom to choose how I will allow it to affect me. My attitude and the meaning I ascribe to events is entirely up to me. Although I don't choose everything that happens in my life, I will always be able to choose my responses. So can you.
What Makes up a Problem?
I believe that life is a combination of determinism and free will. There are undoubtedly events that happen in life that are painful, sudden, and unwanted. Our free will is involved in how we choose to respond to the inevitable pain of life... as well as the joy. I believe that we are all fully responsible for our behaviors, even though we often didn't "ask for" many of the obstacles that we must nevertheless overcome. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) tells us that while we may not have asked for some of our most challenging problems, it is still up to us to solve them. By integrating principles of DBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a humanistic, interpersonal approach to psychotherapy, I hope to collaboratively facilitate the ongoing process of becoming more "present" and cognizant of the freedom to choose the alternative, value-based behaviors that will lead to greater joy and meaning.